Live bands performing all kinds of music, including rock, rhythm and blues, swing and boogie-woogie, are performing during evening concerts across the county this summer.

Various organizations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Silver Spring are hosting the free weekly programs to get people outside so they can enjoy the long summer evenings and find a reason to dance under the night sky.


The Bethesda Urban Partnership, which promotes the downtown area, is sponsoring concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Veterans Park, at Norfolk and Woodmont avenues. Here is the lineup for the remaining concerts.

Tonight: Melanie Mason, blues and rock.

July 22: Cartoon Johnny, vocals.

July 29: Rise Band, soul, Motown, and rhythm and blues.

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays musicians will perform at the Bethesda Metro Center Plaza, at Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue.

"People can enjoy downtown Bethesda. It's a nice atmosphere for all ages," said Carla Yegher, promotions coordinator of the events for Bethesda Metro Center. "They'll be able to eat and dance the night away underneath the stars."

Tomorrow: Swing Shift, swing and jump blues.

July 23: Cityscape, rock, Motown and soul.

July 30: Richard Bray Orchestra, swing.

Aug. 6: Retrospect, light rock and oldies.

Aug. 13: Music Unlimited Big Band and Cityscape.

Aug. 20: Junkyard Saints, Mardi Gras funk and Latin beats.

Aug. 27: Daryl Davis Band, swing and boogie-woogie.

For more information, call the promotions hotline, 301-652-4988.

In North Bethesda, Strathmore Hall Arts Center's concert series "Summer Serenades" takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Gudelsky Concert Pavilion, 10701 Rockville Pike.

Tonight: A brass quintet from the National Philharmonic, playing pieces by composers Handel, Purcell and Dukas.

July 22: American Balalaika Symphony.

July 29: Premiere of "Emergence: A Cicada Serenade," commissioned by Strathmore and composed by David Kane.

For more information, call the arts center, 301-530-0540.


At 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays are "Starlight Concerts" at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 27 S. Summit Ave.

These are the remaining concerts.

Tomorrow: the Distractions, a mix of '70s, '80s and '90s music.

July 23: Rita Clarke and the Naturals, New Orleans rhythm.

July 30: Ellis, Doyle & Woodward, Caribbean music.

Aug. 7: Naked Blue, rock, pop and folk.

Aug. 13: Retrospect, variety band.

For more information, call the city's parks and recreation office at 301-258-6350.


The BlackRock Center for the Arts concert series runs at 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

Saturday: Katy Benko, country.

July 24: The Crawdaddies, a combination of funk, swing, soul, reggae, roots and rock.

July 31: American Song, rock and roll.

Aug. 7: Christina Crerar, jazz.

Aug. 14: Country Current, country.

Aug. 21: James Mabry, blues guitar.

For more information, call 301-528-2260.

Silver Spring

The "Silver Spring Swings" summer concert series, sponsored by the county's Silver Spring Regional Services Center, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Silver Plaza on Ellsworth Road. The series began more than 12 years ago.

Tonight: Alex Fox, Latin and flamenco guitar.

July 22: Miguel Botafogo and Bruce Ewan, blues.

July 29: Radio King Orchestra, big band.

Aug. 5: Jambulay, Caribbean world beat.

Aug. 12: Marcus Johnson, contemporary jazz.

Country singer Katy Benko performs Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.